Sunnyside Blues
By Pamela Denise
Jul 1, 2009 - 10:14:23 PM

Twenty-five year old Emily Tomlin, who now goes by the name of Andes Lane, has tried to escape from the memories of her past for years. She has traveled all over the world for the past nine years, doing odd jobs here and there, never quite feeling at home. She finds herself on a Seattle lake one day with the hopes of renting a houseboat. There she meets Jay, her new landlord, and his ten-year old son Chase.

Andes feels a strange sort of attraction for Jay almost immediately. She also feels a soft spot for his smart but ill-mannered son, even though he seems to push her buttons. Trouble arises soon after her arrival. Jay asks her to temporarily look after his son until things can be worked out. Chase has no one but his father, so Andes reluctantly agrees. This agreement has them traveling to Sunnyside Queens.


In the beginning, what Andes thought would be a pointless trip, only placating father and son, becomes promising. Soon she finds the little community inviting. She may have found a place she can finally call home. In addition, a chance to have friends and love, to fit in, something she has always wanted. Andes hope is short-lived when her past finds her. She will have to face it if she ever wants to move forward.


SUNNYSIDE BLUES is about a woman trying to find herself, and a boy trying to fit in, who are suddenly forced together by unforeseen circumstances. They slowly learn to accept each other, forming a bond. The story is largely character-driven, although it does have a defined plot. It touches on the darker side of life, overcoming one’s past as well as present problems, and the need for acceptance. Mary Carter does a nice job portraying her characters. This touching story showcases the events and emotions in real life, with doses of laughter, love, and surprises along the way. SUNNYSIDE BLUES is a novel any fan of women’s fiction/chicklit will enjoy, featuring underlying tones of romance.

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